Sound Of Guns - Manchester Roadhouse
Sound Of Guns, the name alone gives you an idea of what to expect. There is a reason why they aren't called Field of Butterflies. This is Rock'n'Roll people: big, beautiful anthemic tunes belted out in Andy Metcalfe's Wembley Stadium howl. After a painfully long absence from Manchester, the band stride on stage, standing side by side like gunslingers, Metcalfe venturing out into the crowd, gingerly testing the light rigging to see if it would hold his weight. As anyone knows who has seen SOG live before, Metcalfe spends almost as much time in the crowd as singing to them.
And it is this intimacy which makes SOG shows so special. With most bands you are spectators, where as at a SOG show you are a part of the show; the crowd singing lustily along to crowd pleasers 'Elementary Of Youth' and 'Architects' from 2010's What Came From Fire as well as the new tracks like 'Sometimes' and the beautiful 'The Leaning' from new album Angels And Enemies. As Metcalfe watches, casually perched on the edge of the stage, letting the audience take over the chorus of "oh oh ohs" from WCFF's 'Collisions', he pinches drinks form unsuspecting spectators. "You walk away, don't walk away," Metcalfe sings in the rousing 'Alcatraz' which ends the show. We may walk away, but we'll be back.
Sometimes, Elementary Of Youth, Light Speed, Flash Of Light, Collisions, 106 (Still The Words), Backs of Butterflies, Silicon, Antarctica, Bullets in the Bloodstream, The Leaning, Architects, The Whites Of Your Eyes, Alcatraz